Korea admits Tokyo War Crimes Tribunals Void?

Via the Marmot (here and here), the Korean government Truth Commission on Forced Mobilization under the Japanese Imperialism has cleared 83 of 148 Koreans convicted by the Allies of war crimes during World War II. On what grounds? Turns out the Koreans were victims of Japanese imperialism, suffering the “double pain”Â? of forced mobilization _and_ becoming a war criminal.

In essence, _all_ those reviewed by the commission were cleared. Only 86 names were looked at by the commission; a judgment on the other three will follow investigations by local government bodies. Of the 148 Koreans convicted of war crimes, 23 were executed.

The irony here is obvious. Korea has just confirmed what what Japanese rightists have been saying all along: that the Tokyo Trials were a sham. The difference is that Japan recognizes the outcome without question, reaffirmed by treaty. But perhaps they should follow Korea’s example? At the very least, Korea is undermining the credibility of the trials for future politicians who may decide to challenge their validity.

Journalist Mike Breen has this to say:

By what authority does the Truth Commission have to remove their individual responsibility with its class act defense of nationality? Such skewed morality led to the crimes against the lowest class “prisoners”Â? in the first place. People who committed crimes against humanity are not innocent by virtue of being Korean any more than Japanese who brutalized Koreans are innocent by virtue of being Japanese.

I’ve written on numerous occasions that Korea’s take on history is warped, regarding both Japanese colonial and the US presence since the Korean War. Welcome to yet another exhibit.

About Curzon

Lord George Nathaniel Curzon (1859 - 1925) entered the British House of Commons as a Conservative MP in 1886, where he served as undersecretary of India and Foreign Affairs. He was appointed Viceroy of India at the turn of the 20th century where he delineated the North West Frontier Province, ordered a military expedition to Tibet, and unsuccessfully tried to partition the province of Bengal during his six-year tenure. Curzon served as Leader of the House of Lords in Prime Minister Lloyd George's War Cabinet and became Foreign Secretary in January 1919, where his most famous act was the drawing of the Curzon Line between a new Polish state and Russia. His publications include Russia in Central Asia (1889) and Persia and the Persian Question (1892). In real life, "Curzon" is a US citizen from the East Coast who has been a financial analyst, freelance translator, and university professor; he is currently on assignment in Tokyo.
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7 Responses to Korea admits Tokyo War Crimes Tribunals Void?

  1. Joe says:

    Wow. Reading the comments at the Marmot reminds me of why I stopped reading the comments… can we say “Asia rage?”

  2. The Marmot says:

    Come on, Joe. You know you like ‘em :)

  3. MikeS says:

    Most East Asians take of history is so warped by nationalism it would almost be funny, except for the brutal lesson of WWI.

  4. Durf says:

    I for one would like to hear what Tojo Yuko has to say about all of this.

  5. sunbin says:

    “admits”? i thought you are quoting from the rightist paper:)

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  7. Dan tdaxp says:

    The South Koreans are at it again.

    South Korean democracy seems about as developed as Iraqi democracy. For the Iraqi people, that’s a great accomplishment. For the South Korean people, it’s a travesty.

    A consequence of this is that just as many Americans should be put at risk for South Korea as should be put at risk for Iraq: zero.